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Working As A Senior Lead Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $108,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Lead Systems Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Senior Lead Systems Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Senior Lead Systems Engineer Career Paths

Senior Lead Systems Engineer
Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Network Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Manager Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Senior Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Lead Systems Engineer
Engineer 2.8%
Consultant 2.2%
Top Careers After Senior Lead Systems Engineer
Consultant 3.7%
Manager 3.2%

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Senior Lead Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.7%

Female

14.8%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.4%

Asian

16.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

12.1%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Portuguese

14.3%

German

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Persian

14.3%

Mandarin

14.3%
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Senior Lead Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Colorado Technical University

7.4%

George Mason University

7.4%

University of Maryland - University College

6.8%

George Washington University

6.2%

Strayer University

5.6%

Johns Hopkins University

4.9%

Old Dominion University

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.9%

University of South Florida

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Howard University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.1%

University of California - San Diego

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%

Southern University and A & M College

3.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.0%

Business

16.0%

Electrical Engineering

14.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Information Technology

6.2%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Systems Engineering

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Management

2.5%

Project Management

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Information Systems

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Mathematics

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

36.1%

Other

12.6%

Associate

4.9%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$82,000
Min 10%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
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Best Paying Company
Salesforce
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Senior Lead Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Lead Systems Engineer in the United States is $108,210 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $82,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $142,000.

Real Senior Lead Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Business Leader/Head of Enterprise Systems ENG Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Apr 25, 2011 $240,000
Team Leader, Senior Systems Engineer Disys Solutions Inc. Austin, TX Aug 04, 2015 $200,000
Team Leader, Senior Systems Engineer Disys Solutions Inc. Austin, TX Aug 12, 2015 $200,000
Principal/Senior Lead System Software Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2013 $132,400 -
$200,000
Senior/Lead Systems Performance Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Tampa, FL Dec 30, 2013 $125,000
Senior Lead Systems Support Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 18, 2014 $115,000 -
$137,000
Senior Lead Systems Support Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 23, 2012 $112,000 -
$134,500
Senior Lead System Software Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 30, 2013 $111,000 -
$170,200
Senior Lead Process Systems Engineer SBM Offshore USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $107,806 -
$115,000
Senior System Engineer Lead Veterans EZ Info, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 22, 2016 $107,786
Senior Lead Marine and Drilling Systems Engineer SBM Offshore USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2014 $106,454 -
$109,000
Lead System Cslt-Software ENG (Senior Systems Engineer) Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 17, 2015 $103,669
Senior II Lead Systems Support Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 08, 2016 $103,200 -
$133,400
SR. Systems Engineer/Project Lead Zones, Inc. Auburn, WA Jun 23, 2010 $102,492
Senior Lead Systems Support Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 15, 2015 $100,200 -
$133,400
Senior Lead Marine Systems Engineer SBM Offshore USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $96,928 -
$115,000
Technical Lead & Senior System Engineer/Architect Idmlogic Holdings Inc. Montvale, NJ Sep 15, 2013 $95,000
Senior Lead Systems Engineer Texas A&M University College Station, TX Jul 10, 2015 $94,302
Technical Lead & Senior System Engineer/Architect Idmlogic Holdings Inc. Montvale, NJ Sep 15, 2011 $90,000
SR. Lead Engineer-Driveline System Zoomlion Heavy Industry Na Inc. Yorkville, WI Jul 06, 2015 $88,000 -
$97,000
Senior Systems Engineer (Team Lead .02) Pubmatic, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 18, 2016 $85,738 -
$106,454

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Top Skills for A Senior Lead Systems Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Test Cases
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Designed, implemented upgrade to school's systems to Windows XP.
  • Performed automated test cases utilizing ATRT in an effort to automate software testing on TNT.
  • Developed and sustained end-to-end testing and integration of enterprise information technology infrastructures and network security solutions.
  • Developed a plan to implement/establish an enterprise system of systems lab, connecting various entities together simulate the overall system architecture.
  • Project Management - Successfully managed and implemented the first enterprise level deployment project covering 13 unique customers each with special requirements.

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